Yo La Tengo will revive their signature Hanukkah run this December. The New Jersey-bred indie group confirmed that they will move their holiday celebration from its longtime home of Hoboken, NJ’s Maxwell’s to New York’s Bowery Ballroom. This year’s performances will take place from December 12-19.
With only a few exceptions, every year the trio regularly performed at Maxwell’s each night of Hanukkah from 2001-2012. Their Hanukkah engagement traditionally featured a surprise opening act, guest comedian and special mixtape. The group also dotted their sets with special covers and a cross-generational mix of guests, including David Byrne, Ray Davies, Alex Chilton and members of Wilco. The group retired the tradition after Maxwell’s closed and was later sold in 2013. The club has since reopened under new management.
Yo La announced the run’s return while onstage at New York’s Central Park SummerStage last night. Co-founder Ira Kaplan’s mother Marilyn also sat in for her traditional Hanukkah run spot, “My Little Corner Of The World,” the number that closed YLT’s final Hanukkah show in 2012. (Opening act Ultimate Painting emerged for “I Heard You Looking” too.) The show marked the New York area act’s first Central Park show since longtime bassist James McNew’s live debut with the band 26 years ago.